i'm baaaaaack.

hi friends!  i've missed you.  a billion things have happened since i wrote last, and maybe i'll fill you in on all the details sometime when we're all bundled up in chunky knit sweaters and holding mugs of hot chocolate with two hands.  but for now, i'll just let you know the biggest news of all ........

we moved to portland oregon!  whaaaaat!?  yep.  we found out about a month ago that my husband's job with nike will bring our family from NJ all the way across the country.  after a visit to NC to visit my family, a home-scouting trip to portland, and a cross-country road trip with 2 adults, 3 kids,  2 dogs and all the belongings we could fit into our suitcases, we are here.  

i have so much to say about moving, about letting go, about my serious urge to write, about starting fresh and reinvention.  i also have a lot to say about being real and true (i've done a lot of heavy reading!)

but for now, i'll just say it is so, so good to be back here in the space chatting with you.  how have you been?!  tell me the most amazing thing that you've been a part of in the past 3 months (and to keep it real, if you want to tell me the cruddiest thing that's happened, go for it baby!)

*the image above is my new portrait for the happy happy collective website.  we are all redoing our portraits and I'm seriously in love with all of them!  we have some fun things planned in the upcoming months*

forty touches :: 6

tammie bennett's 40touches project to celebrate her 40th birthday

to celebrate turning 40, i'm posting a sketch and short writeup of a moment or a person who has touched my life in a positive way.  i will post each day until i turn 40 in march.  

#6 is ron roach.  my law school buddy.

ron was one of my best friends in law school and he certainly made it a heck of a lot more fun.  we had a friendly competition to see who could get the best grades and it made me a better student.  or at least it made me cram harder at the end of the marking period!

i loved law school and ron's inappropriate and immature jokes added to the fun.  (and got me though some of the more boring classes.)  my friend jen, ron and myself would get into fits of laughter that almost got us kicked out of the library on more than one occasion.  he acted like he didn't care too deeply about most things (other than robin), and he did keep it light on the surface.  but if you ever needed help with something, ron was your guy.

i am so happy that he is now a successful attorney, he's married to his true love robin, and has super cute kids!

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see my other #40touches posts here.  

i will be publishing my 40touches posts in no particular order.  i acknowledge that negative moments have also had an impact on my life, but seeing as how this is a celebration project, i won't be posting those.  

also, i am choosing to only mention 40 because i'm turning 40, and therefore i can't possibly mention all the people, places or moments that have touched me in a positive way.  this is just a sampling that i thought would be fun to talk about and include.

i hope this encourages you to reach out to those who have touched your life in some way.

forty touches :: 3

tammie bennett's 40touches project celebrating her 40 years of life with a post each day until march about someone who has touched her life in a positive way

to celebrate turning 40, i'm posting a sketch and short writeup of a moment or a person who has touched my life in a positive way.  i will post each day until i turn 40 in march.  

#3 is courtney pernell.  she was my first friend when i moved to a small north carolina town the summer before sixth grade.  when she and another friend showed me their dance moves to broken wings by mister mister, i knew we were meant to be friends.  

she was my friend even though i had braces, a really bad perm, dry elbows and square fingernails.  she was my friend even though i lived in a messy, chaotic house filled with crazy people.  i was a nerd through and through and she loved me just the same.  

she introduced me to the cure and it changed some of the cells in my body forever. court made me laugh like no other.  i still smile like crazy every single time i think about her.

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see my other #40touches posts here.  

i will be publishing my 40touches posts in no particular order.  i acknowledge that negative moments have also had an impact on my life, but seeing as how this is a celebration project, i won't be posting those.  

also, i am choosing to only mention 40 because i'm turning 40, and therefore i can't possibly mention all the people, places or moments that have touched me in a positive way.  this is just a sampling that i thought would be fun to talk about and include.

i hope this encourages you to reach out to those who have touched your life in some way.